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  •  The WWI German dictatorship (5+ / 0-)

      Under Hindenburg and Ludendorff (1916-1918) has got a hell of a lot to answer for -- while losing their own war, they also managed to wreck the 20th century for everyone else.

      Not only did the German High Command make it possible for the Bolsheviks to highjack the democratic revolution in Russia; they also managed to corrupt the postwar discourse in Germany, spreading the lie of a "stab in the back" (for policies for which they alone were responsible) and also funded and guided reactionaries, including and especially the Nazis, to destabilize the democratic government in Germany.  

      Being responsible for the rise of both the Bolsheviks and the Nazis is a pretty amazing crime.  Unfortunately, fingers have been pointed in just about every other direction (mostly at "Socialists" and more recently, liberals) instead of at the dictatorship which provided the model for all the other 20th century dictatorships to come.

    •  Lubitsch also got his start making movies (0+ / 0-)

      under that Ludendorff dictatorship, so not all of its results were bad.  As a matter of fact, that dictatorship set up BUFA, which became Ufa, which then made all those great German expressionist movies in the twenties.

      The influence of the [executive] has increased, is increasing, and ought to be diminished.

      by lysias on Fri Jan 04, 2008 at 12:11:19 PM PST

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